ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands (AP) — Dadi og Gagnamagnid, Iceland
's popular Eurovision Song Contest
entrant, will not perform live at the event after a member of the group tested positive for coronavirus
, organizers announced Wednesday.
“Dadi og Gagnamagnid have made the difficult decision to withdraw from this year’s live Eurovision Song Contest shows, as they only want to perform as a group,” organizers said.
Their song, "10 Years," will remain in the competition, and a video of the group's dress rehearsal from last week will be shown in Thursday's second semi-final.
In an Instagram
post, lead singer Dadi Freyr
stated that members of Iceland's delegation in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam for the competition "have all been extremely careful the entire trip, so this comes as a huge surprise."
The 65th edition of the song contest is currently underway in Rotterdam, with strict testing and hygiene protocols in place to prevent the virus from spreading. Up to 3,500 fans who have tested negative for the virus are permitted to attend dress rehearsals, semi-finals, and Saturday's final.
Ten performers from the Ahoy Arena semi-finals on Tuesday and Thursday advance to Saturday's grand final, where they will join the so-called big five of Italy
, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as the host nation, the Netherlands.
selected singers or groups from Norway, Israel
, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, Sweden, Belgium
, and Ukraine to advance to the final on Tuesday night.